The Weirdest Ways to Save Money That You’re Probably Doing Right Now

I spent my lunch time reading other personal finance blogs and some of the posts I read was about other ways to save money. As I’m reading the lists, it occurred to me that I’m not the only weird one out there that is probably doing these things.

My list is short compared to the posts I read but I selected the ones that was so me.

8 Ways to Save Money

Opt for Water

I always ask for water when we eat out at restaurants. The main reason for it is that I didn’t want to spend the extra dollars on soda or tea.

Amazon subscribe and save

I haven’t actually tried this out yet but I am looking into it. I’m trying to find ways to cut my time when I go grocery shopping. If shopping for everyday items is a lot cheaper than buying in bulk at Costco or even couponing for it, then I’m in!

Bring home lunch

Something that I try to do every day. If I were to buy lunch, my limit is $5. In Hawaii, there’s rarely a place where you can pick up lunch for $5 or less. Lunch is about $10 or so and I would break my wallet if I were to buy lunch every single work day. I prefer a home lunch to save money and allow for more time to read other blogs.

Catch the bus

If your company offers a discount on bus passes, I say go for it and take it! In my situation, it was perfect for me. My boyfriend would drop me off at the bus stop before making the turn to head towards his work place. This way, he doesn’t drive back and forth and it’s just convenient for us. We save time and a little gas during the work week.

Save your loose change

I’m a little weird with this one. My boyfriend had collected Crown Royal bags over the years…talk about being a hoarder…and he never does anything with them. Irritated with it, I started to use them to collect loose change every day. So far, I have filled 4 bags. Now I just have to take the time to wrap those coins and take it to the bank.

Unsubscribe from junk mail

When I first got started on my financial journey, one of the first things I did was unsubscribe from a lot of tempting companies that tells me when a sale is happening. You don’t need the temptation when you’re trying to save money.

Save condiments

Is it just me or am I the only one that save condiments from fast food restaurants? Since I like to take home lunch, depending on what I’m eating, I’m going to need a little packet or two of ketchup and shoyu.

Use less electricity at night by going to bed earlier

This is something I struggle with every day! We come home late so trying to go to bed early has been a challenge since we moved into our own place. This is one way I try to save electricity. That and closing the lights in rooms where no one is in it.

That’s my list of weird ways to save money.

Are you a weirdo like me and do any of these? What other weird ways do you to save money?



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Comments (6)

  1. I actually use most of these to save money especially ordering water and saving condiments. Water is good for you anyway and that along with milk are my main drinking sources. I’ll opt for soda or beer/wine when I’m at a party.
    Our fridge has a section dedicated to all sorts for condiments like ketchup, parmesan cheese, relish, mustard and hot sauce. You never know when you’ll need them.
    Kris recently posted…7 Ways to Have a Great Day HikingMy Profile

    1. Yes! Water is good for you. You’re good tho, because you’re drinking milk. I have to be in the mood for milk. We also have some beer and wine in the fridge for nights where we stay home and can actually have a drink or two lol.

      Thanks for commenting Kris!

  2. I steal condiment packets 😀 and I only opt for water in restaurants. It’s the cheapo in me…*shames* Even if I’m worth 10 million I’ll still do the exact same. The other weird thing is…some places they give you chopsticks and forks when you order delivery…but I just use the forks and chopsticks I have at home and save the delivery ones. Now I have drawers of it unopened and full of straws, sporks and sticks.
    Lily He-Prudhomme recently posted…The $1,000,000 Game: How Any Millennial Can Become a MillionaireMy Profile

    1. LOL! I totally forgot about chopsticks and forks…even napkins! Yes, I hoard all those free stuff. It comes in handy when you’re in the car and missing some utensils.

      Thanks for commenting Lily!

  3. If you’re a member of Pearl Hawaii FCU, they have a coin counter at their Waipio branch and you can run your coins through the machine for FREE!! It will count it, give you a slip that you take to cashier and cash or deposit into your account. They also have a branch in Ewa Beach but not the coin counter. Safeway and Foodland has the coinstar but it charges a fee. My nephew turned in almost $600 worth of coins and they charged him like $160… I was like OMG!!! That’s A LOT of money to pay for a fee to use their machine. Tsk tsk

    1. Oh wow that’s cool! I didn’t know Pearl Hawaii FCU has that machine. I’ve been rolling them up and taking it to my bank to deposit it but at least now I know there’s other options.

      My dad tried coin star when they first came out and I too saw the ridiculous fee. It’s not worth it.

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